Home: Madison, MS
Occupation: attorney, former U.S. representative, former U.S. secretary of agriculture
Mike Espy in 1986 was elected Mississippi's first African American to serve in Congress since Reconstruction and served in the U.S. House from 1987 to 1993, handily winning re-election three times by wide margins.
Sister district Project
The Sister District Project works to turn states blue by winning state legislative elections. The “sister” volunteers from deep blue districts with carefully targeted races in swing districts, where flipping control of the state legislature will help end partisan gerrymandering. Sister District works to ensure that all Americans have equal representation and our government works for all people, not just the minority in power. The organize volunteers into local teams based on where they live, and “sister” this deep blue energy with swing districts across the country to support strategic state races that matter. Sister are open to volunteers and candidates of all genders.
At EveryDistrict, they believe that Democrats can run competitive campaigns in every district at the state level. Our mission is to rebuild the Democratic Party by winning power back at the state level through better data and better approaches to fundraising. EveryDistrict first set out to understand where there were competitive state legislative districts that Democrats could flip with the right investment and strategy. Unlike congressional races, no public database existed that provided a competitiveness ranking for every state legislative district. Starting with the Virginia House of Delegates, EveryDistrict’s first target chamber in 2017, EveryDistrict created the EveryDistrict “Legislative District Index” (LDI) to rank each of the 100 House of Delegate districts by their competitiveness.
Run for Something
Since January 2017
Run for Something help recruit and support young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future — the folks that are supported now could be possible members of the House, Senate, and maybe even President one day. Run for Something aim to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with seed money, organization building, and access to trainings needed to be successful.